Norway Is Running Out of Gas-Guzzling Cars to Tax

Norway Is Running Out of Gas-Guzzling Cars to Tax

In Norway, the most progressive electric vehicle policies in the world started with a pop group, an environmentalist, and a small red Fiat Panda.The Fiat became the centerpiece of a nine-year campaign in which Hauge and members of A-ha drove the car on Norway’s toll roads without paying.

Sweeping New Mandates, Vaccine Options Underway, and More Coronavirus News

Sweeping New Mandates, Vaccine Options Underway, and More Coronavirus News

Biden announces additional mandates, researchers probe new shots and treatments, and global vaccine distribution falters.During the pandemic, the pressure of caring for people sick with Covid has undermined years of progress in preventing these kinds of infections.

How to Turn Your Favorite Web Apps Into Desktop Apps

How to Turn Your Favorite Web Apps Into Desktop Apps

If you think about the desktop programs you use regularly, for many people it's going to probably be limited to an image editor, a web browser, and perhaps an office application.This uses what's called progressive web apps, or PWAs, and we're going to explain everything you need to know.

Tracking Variants, New Hot Spots, and More Coronavirus News

Tracking Variants, New Hot Spots, and More Coronavirus News

Researchers trace new variants in Africa, cases surge in India, and US vaccine rollout progresses even with snags.Scientists in Africa race to find new variants in areas where testing lags.

FAO - News Article: Green Climate Fund approves $80 million in FAO-led projects in Congo and Jordan

FAO - News Article: Green Climate Fund approves $80 million in FAO-led projects in Congo and Jordan

The two new projects contribute to FAO's goal of scaling up and broadening support for climate-related investments in agriculture that offer socio-economic and environmental benefits and help smallholders in vulnerable countries progress on low-emission and resilient development.

The Best Apps to Build Better Habits (and Stick to Them)

The Best Apps to Build Better Habits (and Stick to Them)

Habitbull VIA DAVID NIELDHabitBull gives you a good idea of everything that a decent habit tracker can be: a simple interface to log your goals and how often you want to hit them, more detailed calendars and charts so you can monitor your progress over time, and plenty of support to make sure you stay on track.

Can Biden Make Climate Progress With a Divided Congress? Actually, Yeah

Can Biden Make Climate Progress With a Divided Congress? Actually, Yeah

If Biden can get Congress to pass his trillion-dollar stimulus plan , earmarking 10 percent of that to fight climate change “can add up and be impactful,” Light says.

An Election Week Case Surge, Vaccine Progress, and More Coronavirus News

An Election Week Case Surge, Vaccine Progress, and More Coronavirus News

Cases rise as election results come in, vaccines and treatments advance, and the reach of screening and tracing technology grows.

Another Surge, Vaccine and Treatment Progress, and More Coronavirus News

Another Surge, Vaccine and Treatment Progress, and More Coronavirus News

Americans prepare for another surge in cases, vaccine and treatment approval moves forward, and new partnerships curb coronavirus misinformation.This news comes approximately a week after a massive international trial found that remdesivir does not prevent deaths among patients with severe cases with Covid-19.

Peak Newsletter? That Was 80 Years Ago

Peak Newsletter? That Was 80 Years Ago

If that sounds familiar, it's because we’ve lately seen the rise of staff-journalists-turned-newsletter-writers, such as Emily Atkin (formerly of The New Republic, now Heated), Judd Legum (formerly of ThinkProgress, now Popular Information ), and, most recently, Casey Newton (formerly of the Verge, now Platformer).

The Progressive Case for a TikTok Sale

The Progressive Case for a TikTok Sale

The first, long championed by China, is net nationalism, which makes the State the predominant authority over all things internet, and at bottom sees the network as nothing more than an instrument of state power.

Mathematicians Open a New Front on an Ancient Number Problem

Mathematicians Open a New Front on an Ancient Number Problem

He delved into the literature, coming across a 1974 paper by Carl Pomerance, a mathematician now at Dartmouth College, which proved that any OPN must have at least seven distinct prime factors.“Seeing that progress could be made on this problem gave me hope, in my naiveté, that maybe I could do something,” Nielsen said.

A Landmark Math Proof Clears a Hurdle in the Top Erdős Conjecture

A Landmark Math Proof Clears a Hurdle in the Top Erdős Conjecture

Erdős posed thousands of problems over the course of his career, but the question of which number lists contain evenly spaced numbers (what mathematicians call arithmetic progressions) was one of his all-time favorites.

With VP Pick Kamala Harris, Joe Biden Gets a Digital Juggernaut

With VP Pick Kamala Harris, Joe Biden Gets a Digital Juggernaut

“I think especially when we think about operating in this new reality that we’re in, where you really need to build compelling digital experiences for people,” says Alfred Johnson, cofounder of Mobilize, an organizing platform used by Democratic and progressive campaigns.

Dystopia Isn’t Sci-Fi—for Me, It’s the American Reality

Dystopia Isn’t Sci-Fi—for Me, It’s the American Reality

Under this framing, injustice becomes normal, oppression is realistic, and any move towards justice and equity must come from struggle.This moment may provide a way out of dystopia, but there has to be a collective reckoning with the dystopian aspects of American society as well as the cruel price of progress repeatedly placed on the backs of the oppressed.

George Floyd and the Illusion of Progress

George Floyd and the Illusion of Progress

Images place us in time, gluing unremarkable and historically urgent moments in a fixed setting or context, but mostly they thrill our senses in other varied ways.Photographer Stephen Maturen’s snapshot of a young black protester—on his knees and shirtless, hands raised like a goal post—is an image of staggering breadth.

Enhanced Intelligence, VR Sex, and Our Cyborg Future

Enhanced Intelligence, VR Sex, and Our Cyborg Future

If you could press a button to merge your mind with an artificial intelligence computer—expanding your brain power, your memory, and your creative capacity—would you take the leap?“I would press it in a microsecond,” says Sebastian Thrun, who previously led Stanford University’s AI Lab. Turning yourself into a cyborg might sound like pure sci-fi, but recent progress in AI, neural implants , and wearable gadgets make it seem increasingly imaginable.

Facebook's Head of AI Says the Field Will Soon ‘Hit the Wall’

Facebook's Head of AI Says the Field Will Soon ‘Hit the Wall’

Jerome Pesenti: Moderating automatically, or even with humans and computers working together, at the scale of Facebook is a super challenging problem.Recently there’s been a lot of progress in the field of language , allowing us a much more refined understanding of interactions through the language that people use.

Alphabet's Dream of an 'Everyday Robot' Is Just Out of Reach

Alphabet's Dream of an 'Everyday Robot' Is Just Out of Reach

The robots can reduce that down to less than 4 percent, helping Alphabet meet city of Mountain View recycling goals.“We haven't solved the whole problem, but we've made enough progress that we have high confidence that we're onto something,” says Brondmo.

How the Climate Crisis Is Killing Us, in 9 Alarming Charts

How the Climate Crisis Is Killing Us, in 9 Alarming Charts

“We have no idea what that looks like from a public health perspective, but we know it is catastrophic,” said Nick Watts, executive director of Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change, during a press conference announcing the findings.

Want to Plant More Trees? Just Use a Different Search Engine

Want to Plant More Trees? Just Use a Different Search Engine

Kroll says Ecosia was on pace to generate 200 percent of its total energy use from new sustainable sources (“Why stop at one hundred?”) but that progress was slowed by Ecosia’s own growth.

A Super-Powered iPhone Chip, a Potential HIV Treatment, and More News

A Super-Powered iPhone Chip, a Potential HIV Treatment, and More News

Apple's iPhone chip might change how you use your phone, scientists are progressing toward a drug-free HIV treatment, and social platforms are considering ditching likes.You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

Big Ag Is Sabotaging Progress on Climate Change

Big Ag Is Sabotaging Progress on Climate Change

Iowa State University researcher Matt Liebman has shown on his demonstration farm that adding a third rotation of alfalfa or native grass to the predominant corn-soybean cropping system in the state could produce dramatic environmental benefits at no cost to farmers, including an 85 percent reduction in fertilizer use, a 97 percent drop in pesticide use, an elimination of soil erosion and water pollution from run-off, and a dramatic increase in carbon sequestration.

How to Watch the Second 2020 Democratic Primary Debate

How to Watch the Second 2020 Democratic Primary Debate

There’s only one new name in the lineup this time around: Montana governor Steve Bullock. CNN aired a live draw on July 18 to determine the lineups for each night. Progressive candidates Warren and Sanders meet on the debate stage for the first time Tuesday.

Intel's New Chip Wizard Has a Plan to Bring Back the Magic

Intel's New Chip Wizard Has a Plan to Bring Back the Magic

It was a celebration of how exponential upgrades from the chip industry have propelled progress in technology and society over the past 50 years—and an argument that the party’s not over.“It's going to keep going,” said Jim Keller, a semiconductor rock star who joined Intel last year as senior vice president of silicon engineering, and a cohost of the event.

A New Robo-Car Report Card Isn't Quite What It Seems

A New Robo-Car Report Card Isn't Quite What It Seems

But its many pages make clear that while the Silicon Valley hype around robocars may have cooled, progress toward the day when humans are unshackled from the steering wheel continues: The 48 autonomous vehicle developers that tested their tech on public roads collectively drove 2.05 million miles between December 2017 and November 2018, up from 500,000 the year before.

The World Bank’s role in SDG monitoring

The World Bank’s role in SDG monitoring

Four years after their launch, the World Bank’s expertise in development data and its large repository of development indicators has played an important role in helping track progress made towards the achievement of the SDGs. How does SDG monitoring work and how is the World Bank involved?

Cities Are Tucking Climate Change Fixes Into New Laws

Cities Are Tucking Climate Change Fixes Into New Laws

“There are liberals or progressives who oppose climate change, but they definitely don’t want that multifamily apartment building to go up next to transit if it’s in their neighborhood.” That’s what Wiener says he found in his initial efforts to link development and transit in California last year.

How Amazon Alexa Uses Machine Learning to Get Smarter

How Amazon Alexa Uses Machine Learning to Get Smarter

Alexa has gotten smarter, in ways so subtle you might not yet have even noticed.Machine HeadSo-called active learning, in which the system identifies areas in which it needs help from a human expert, has helped substantially cut down on Alexa’s error rates.Those may sound like small tweaks, but cumulatively they represent major progress toward a more conversational voice assistant, one that solves problems rather than introducing new frustrations.

Barry Jenkins' New Movie and the Future of Black Filmmaking

Barry Jenkins' New Movie and the Future of Black Filmmaking

If Beale Street Could Talk's Barry Jenkins on the Future of Filmmaking"Progress has been made,” says the director about the state of black cinema in 2018, “and it's going to be sustained."Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesBefore our conversation even begins, Barry Jenkins coughs up an apology.

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